Remembering Michael K. Williams: How to watch his most memorable roles

Actor Michael K. Williams died at the age of 54 on Monday, Sept. 6. Williams was a fixture on a multitude of HBO series, including his most famous role as Omar Little in the classic crime series The Wire, however he lent his talents to both the big and small screen, comedy and drama, and in more recent years documentary work.

Williams’ career began as a dancer in music videos before he got his first credited acting job in Bullet, a crime drama that starred Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur. He would appear in Martin Scoresese’s Bringing Out the Dead and an episode The Sopranos, as well as a number of other small credits, before landing the role of Omar Little on The Wire in 2002, where he quickly became recognizable, not least of all for his facial scar (which he got in a knife fight when he was 25).